Associated Newspapers is leading the way with five nominations out of 12 in the shortlist of the first Press Gazette Environmental Press Awards – organised in association with Peugeot.
Associated titles the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard are both represented in the Campaign of the Year shortlist and Jonathan Green, from the Mail on Sunday‘s Live magazine, is shortlisted in the Journalist of the Year category.
The Daily Mail is shortlisted for its Ban the Bags campaign to get supermarkets to stop giving away disposable plastic carrier bags – which scored major successes earier this year.
The Evening Standard is recognised for its bid to persuade Londoners to drink top water instead of bottled water – which saw many of the Capital’s restaurants change their policy and offer top water to customers.
The Exeter-based Express and Echo – also part of the DMGT stable, as part of regional press arm Northcliffe – was recognised for its Green Shoppers campaign, which also sought to get shoppers to stop using throw-away plastic bags and came before the Daily Mail campaign.
Shortlisted in the story of the year category are: Jonathan Green, from the Mail on Sunday’s Live Magazine, for his investigation into toxic computer waste from the UK being dumped in Africa; Johann Hari, for his feature on how Bangladesh could be destroyed by rising sea levels and Fiona Harvey from the FT for her investigation into the real cost of wind farms.
Chairman of judges, and Press Gazette editor, Dominic Ponsford: ‘The standard of entries from across the journalism industry made it clear that all sectors – magazines, regional and national newspapers, broadcasters and specialist business publishers – are all taking environmental issues seriously and devoting serious editorial talent to covering them.”
The winners will be announced at a lunch in Oxford on Wednesday 26 November and on www.pressgazette.co.uk.
The awards judges are::
- BBC Newsnight’s ‘Ethical Man’ Justin Rowlatt
- Media consultant and former editor of the Gloucestershire Echo Anita Syvret.
- Chris Shearlock, environment manager Co-op
- Ben Stewart, communications director of Greenpeace
- Dominic Ponsford, editor of Press Gazette.
The full shortlist is::
Journalist of the Year (£1,000 cash prize)
Richard Girling – The Sunday Times
Jonathan Green – Live Magazine
Fiona Harvey – The Financial Times
Story of the Year
Jonathan Green – Live Magazine, Mail on Sunday – ‘The Dirty Secret of Your NHS”
Johann Hari – The Independent – ‘The Cruel Sea”
Fiona Harvey – Financial Times – ‘Wind Farm Windfalls”
Campaign of the Year
Daily Mail – ‘Ban the Bags”
Evening Standard – ‘Bottled Water”
Express and Echo – ‘Green shoppers”
Associated Newspapers – for successful campaigns run by the Standard and the Daily Mail and for coverage in Live Magazine in the Mail on Sunday
Evening Chronicle, Newcastle – for its year-long seres of Go Green initiatives
Express and Echo, Exeter – for its Green Shoppers campaign